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    When traveling with your pet, make sure you bring your pet’s information, have a list of vets and animal hospitals along your travel route and where you will be staying, have a color photo on-hand, and a have a travel ID tag made that includes your information and your location. You should also have your pet’s medical records and obtain a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from your vet. As for items, bring their collar, crate, toys, food, food and water dishes, and a first aid kit for your pet.
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    The first thing to consider is whether or not your pet does well with travel. Some pets are unable to travel because of age, injury, or temperament. If your pet is not good with travel, you should consider boarding your pet for the time that you are gone. You will want to ensure that the boarding facility is one that will take care of your pet the way that you need them taken care of.   If you do decide to travel with your pet, make sure their tags contain up-to-date information, have your pet implanted with a microchip in case they would get lost and someone takes them to a pet store or to the vet to be scanned, and make sure your pet is allowed to be where you are staying.
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    Second-hand smoke is detrimental to anyone who breathes it in and that includes animals. If smoking around or near pets along with providing them a home filled with smoke can lead to dogs contracting lung cancer and malignant nasal tumors. They not only breathe it in but the residue on their fur when self-grooming affects them doubly. Smoking around your cat also has consequences.
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    Many service dogs are used because of their ability to tell if their owner is going to have an epileptic seizure about an hour before it actually occurs.
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    When it comes to people naming their dog some of more popular dog names include, Max, Maggie, Molly, Zach and Sam.
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    It may take a little more patience, but you can definitely teach new tricks to any dog, once you get past the old habits.
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    Yes, dogs can have relationships and fall in love.
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    Since it is true that dogs express emotions, they can definitely show it with a "smile" or grin. Of course, if the "grin" is associated with a snarl, it may be a submissive "I want to be left alone" expression.
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    No, dogs cannot heal their wounds by licking them. Dog saliva does not provide any healing powers for its wounds. Again, the excess bacteria in the mouth can be more hazardous to the wounds. Often times, if a dog has a wound, it licks excessively, causing more problems, open sores and dermatitis. It is actually better to let wounds heal on their own and place an Elizabethan collar on your pet to ward off the licking until the area is healed. Remember, to always consult your vet immediately when it comes to any wound or injury to your dog.
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    It is a fact that most dogs naturally love bones but if they eat an appropriate diet fortified with calcium, bones are not an extreme necessity. In fact, they can be a hazard if the bone splinters, leading to choking. Safer options are Kong toys and rubber chews.
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    Not necessarily. Dog's noses change in temperature quite often due to its surrounding and situations. Of course, the nose will be warm to the touch if your pet just came in from the sun and maybe cold after drinking its cool water. It is best to watch other symptoms of illness like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, lethargy and change in diet rather than a warm nose. If you are unsure ALWAYS contact your vet for assistance.
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    Absolutely not. That is a myth. Dogs have a better ability to see grays, violets and blues better than humans. They can see movements and some objects in the lowest of light where a human cannot. However, their canine retinas do not have the ability to recognize orange, green, yellow and red hues.
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    Not all tail wags are happy ones. You need to take a look at the position of the tail. If it seems stiff and carried high, that is an agitated dog on the verge of protecting its territory. If the dog wags its tail very low and quick, that is a sign of a submissive, fearful dog. However, if the body, mouth and ears seem relaxed and the tail is in a middle position, in most cases you have a happy dog on your hands. The important thing to remember, if the dog does not know you always exercise caution. It is always better to be safe than sorry. It might comeback to bite you!
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    Can a dog actually exhibit love for its human? - What looks like a sign of begging, with eyes locked on you, it could actually be a sign that your dog has the look of love. Many people assume that dogs do not have feelings but it is quite on the contrary; they sure do. Let's call it puppy love.
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    Strange as it sounds, the H1N1 swine flu can be transmitted from humans to their dogs, cats and ferrets. Although most cases are mild, some pets have been known to die after contamination from the flu. People and dogs can share similar E-Coli and MRSA strains.
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    A lot of people ask the question, can i get sick from my dog licking my face? Yes, there is a chance of getting sick from your dog or puppy licking your face. Just like people they can transfer germs. So when you were a kid and your grandmother said to you, "don't let that dog kiss your face that way" she knew what she was talking abouth. A dog's mouth is not as clean as most people think. Harboring within those choppers are tons of bacteria and germs like campylobacter and salmonella. These are often a result of dogs consuming spoiled foods and licking the private areas of their body's. The bacteria and germs easily get transferred from your pooch's mouth to a loving owner and others.
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    Puppies do not wag their tails until around 3 to 7 weeks of age. Vets believe this is due to the fact that they sleep so many hours and don't wag their tails when asleep.  Dogs can learn and understand about 250 words such as the poodle, German shepherd, Border collie and Doberman Golden Retriever, although most commonly, average dogs understand 150 words. Some dogs are talented to sniff out hypoglycemia and some other illnesses in humans. Many service dogs are trained to smell a contaminated drop of blood sugar levels, licking, pawing, barking and whining at its owner as a form of alert. These special dogs can are about 90 percent correct in detecting low or high blood sugar levels. A dog's nose has 14 times as many scent cells as its human and 4 times more than a cat. Lung cancer in a dog can cause a dog to limp. The cancer makes the leg bones develop new tissue that leads to pain and swelling in the legs. After treatment, the limping, pain and swelling diminish. Many people name their pets as their primary beneficiary on their will. All dogs except the Chow has a pink tongue; the Chow tongue is black. The heaviest dog in history weighed 319 pounds and the longest living dog passed on at 29 years of age. Since they have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was the first domesticated pet for human owners. Dogs can create about 100 various facial expressions, done mostly with their ears, and the can also produce about 10 varying vocal sounds. There exist about 350 dog breeds in the world. Internally, an appendix is not part of the dogs anatomy. A dog can literally run up to about nineteen miles per hour. The Dalmatian dog is born white and do not get their spots until they begin to mature. Because of the swivel of their ears, dogs can pick up sounds in record time. Dogs can be blood donors for other canines It is a proven fact that pet owners live longer lives due to the effects of their pets on their stress levels. Owners also suffer lesser heart attacks. When asked who they would want with them if stranded on a desert island, more than 50 percent of humans stated they would prefer their pet over another human.
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    Yes, your dog can get sunburned.    Dogs, just as humans, can be subjected to sunburn. The cause of a sunburn is due to the direct UVL injuries to the pet's skin cells.  Your dog may be having such a good time that it is easy to  forget the perils of the sun and its heat. You need to learn how to recognize the effects of sunburn, ways to treat it and especially how you can prevent your dog from getting burnt.  Sunburn on dogs is also known as solar dermatitis.   Read more on your dog getting sunburned and the preventative measures you can take to prevent your dog from getting sunburned. We will also outline how to tell if your dog has been burned by the sun, and what degree og burn.   Remember to ALWAYS consult your veterinarian as soon as you think you see any signs of burns or skin irritation, or any change in the skin. Such as, red inflamed skin, blisters, lesions, scaling and hair loss
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    Yes, dogs can get heat stroke. If your dog has been out in the hot for a period of time he or she could be suffering from heat stroke. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke in dogs are as follows:   Warm dry skin Quick, heavy breathing and panting/gasping for breath Fever Drooling that may lead to dry gums Glassy eyes or Staring/Conjunctiva of the Eyes Vomiting and/or diarrhea Seizures or collapsing Weakness Rapid heartbeat Redness of the gums Anxiety with inability to respond to owner commands   If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, get your dog out of the sun and call your vet immediately to discuss these symptoms.   Review the article on the dangers of your dog getting heat stroke, and the necessary steps to prevent it, as well as the steps you should take for your dog's recovery.
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    The Fourth of July can be stressful for pets, especially dogs. In fact, any holiday that involves the setting off of fireworks can cause a great deal of anxiety for your pet, so here are some tips to help keep your pet as calm as possible:   ~Make sure that you bring your pet inside. Pets are most comfortable in the home rather than out with the family celebrating. Note the places and the spaces around your home where your pet seems to be the most comfortable, ideally in an interior room or a room that has no access to the outdoors.   ~If you must take your dog out with you, make sure you have an exit strategy. You need to be able to relocate your dog to a safe place as quickly as possible.   ~Use a little aromatherapy in your dog’s favorite place. A little lavender and vanilla spray can be rather soothing. Drop essential oils into a spray bottle of water for an affordable way to encourage your dog to relax. This is a method that is commonly used around shelters to calm dogs.   ~Music therapy is also helpful. You may want to add some rock n’ roll to the mix, as well as classical and soothing tunes. This is something you may need to do before the holiday and after to ensure that your pet’s stress level remains down. This tends to be a good trick to drown out the pops of fireworks outside.   ~Surround your pet with items they enjoy. Cats love catnip, dogs love bones, and they all love toys.   ~Thundershirts have proven to be effective, but you will need to make sure your pet has practiced wearing it in advance. These shirts bring them peace and comfort.